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How can I quit smoking if I have asthma?

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Before you quit all at once ("cold turkey"), set a plan

  • Pick a date to stop, then prepare
  • Tell family and friends you plan to quit.
  • Jot down when and why you smoke and what you do when you smoke. You'll learn what triggers your smoking.
  • List your reasons for quitting. Read over the list before and after you quit.
  • Find activities to replace smoking.
  • Ask your doctor about using nicotine replacement products like gum and patches. Nicotine-free prescription medications , like Chantix and Zyban, can also help you quit smoking.

From: Asthma and Smoking WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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